Special Report

Clint Eastwood Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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3. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
> Combined score: 2.73 — #321 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Sergio Leone
> Also starring: Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

This groundbreaking spaghetti Western kicked off Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” and established Eastwood as a budding film star. His character is occasionally referred to as Joe, but remains best known as the Man With No Name. Loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo,” the film’s gritty tone and radical style upended genre conventions.

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2. Unforgiven (1992)
> Combined score: 2.75 — #198 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Playing to all of Eastwood’s creative and performative strengths, this Western masterpiece offers an uncanny parallel to his legacy within the genre. He embodies the role of retired gunslinger William Munny, who hops back into the saddle for one final job. It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
> Combined score: 2.88 — #12 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Sergio Leone
> Also starring: Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” concluded with this gritty Western, in which three bounty hunters (Eastwood, Wallach, Van Cleef) search for a fortune in buried treasure. Relentless violence, stylish camerawork, and Ennio Morricone’s timeless score propel the narrative toward its epic conclusion. Eastwood’s career was likewise propelled into Hollywood’s upper stratum.

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